From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality project:
Inequities in health care continue to exist in our system and influence whether a patient receives the procedures and treatment they need. Disparities in care can result in shortened lives, increased illness, and higher health care costs. Improving health care equality begins with identifying areas where inequality exists, understanding patients’ cultural backgrounds and knowing how to address them.
Aligning Forces for Quality community alliances are closing the racial and ethnic disparities gap by sharing data, encouraging collaboration and engaging patients. This package of materials includes an issue brief, interview, case studies, videos and other resources that outline efforts to level the playing field, improve health care quality and create a national culture of health.
These resources are part of AF4Q’s “Quality Field Notes” series highlighting lessons learned by clinicians, patients, and payers to transform health care locally. They can be found at www.rwjf.org/equity.